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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 38, 2018

September 14 - September 20, 2018

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Articles & Blogs

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

by Michael Hobbes

“Years from now, we will look back in horror at the counterproductive ways we addressed the obesity epidemic and the barbaric ways we treated fat people—long after we knew there was a better path.’


British Science Festival: The Weight of Expectation

by Alan Barker

“Our approach to obesity, he says, is unfair, ineffective and needs to change.”


Are School Health Lessons Harming Kids?

by Leslie Schilling

“any body composition testing in schools that doesn’t take into account a student’s stage of maturity is going to be hopelessly inaccurate. And a health teacher has no business assessing a child’s pubertal development.”


Super Proud Non-Diet Dietitian...

by Lori Short-Zamudio

“Being a non-diet, HAES dietitian for me is, doing what is best for those around me. Listening to others experiences, and doing all the work…and when I say all the work I mean all the work. Learn about marginalized bodies and identities. Learn about oppression. Take time to evaluate yourself and your work. Have those hard conversations that need to be had. Don’t draw a line in the sand."


Why Your Desk Job Is So Damn Exhausting

by Yossi Rathner and Mark Schier

“People most likely to have brain freeze also tend to suffer from migraines, suggesting a common underlying mechanism for both.”


Underwear brand Marco Marco features all Trans models at New York Fashion Week

by Attitude UK

“the all transgender show marks an important landmark for an industry in which many brands only pay lip service to diversity.”Let’s hope for some size and anatomical diversity here soon too- not all trans-men look like this!


How to stop hating exercise: Let’s explore your thoughts

by Jodie Arnot

"Exercise is simply sustained movement. It doesn’t have to be fast, sweaty, or leave you sore.”


An open letter to social media influencers and bloggers

by Sarah Pannell

“my plea to you is to be wary that what worked for you could very well cause harm to another. Many who are vulnerable get sucked into “health diets” and instead of improving their health, they now find themselves battling an eating disorder.“


My PCOS story, and what I've found to work.

by Shira Rose

“In hindsight, I was able to see that although everyone around me thought I was finally so incredibly “healthy,” I was FAR from it.”


Three reminders to help you thrive—not merely survive—in grad school

by Neil A. Lewis, Jr.

“If you don’t remember your reasons, you can easily fall into a trap of chasing (ill-fated) metrics of success instead of working on projects of purpose.”


A widower 'full of regret' offers advice to a young woman

by BBC UGC & Social News

“It still hurts me to think of the days and months where she was eating less in the hopes that I’d love her more,” he wrote. “It makes me angry at myself.”


Don't pressure your picky eater -- it doesn't work

by Meredith Digital Staff

“Kids do better with eating when they get their parents undivided, positive attention,” said Satter, adding the rule also applies when serving take-out or going to a restaurant. “However you put together a meal, it’s still important to sit down together and pay attention to each other when you eat it.”


Resources for Living with an Imperfect Body

by Toni Jackson

“You are so much more than your body. Your body is one fraction of many, varied aspects that make up who you are.You can also define yourself by aspects such as what you love doing, what you’re interested in, what you’re good at, your beliefs, your goals and your cultural and social identities.”


Please Don't Teach My Kids To Diet: 5 Resources To Give Teachers and Schools

by Anna Lutz

“Unfortunately, I’ve seen first hand children whose eating disorders were triggered by a nutrition lesson or school “wellness” program.”


For Elderly Women With Breast Cancer, Surgery May Not Be the Best Option

by Paula Span

"It’s likely the surgery didn’t help them live longer, and certainly not better”


Body Mass Index: the dieters’ bogeyman discovered by a Belgian astronomer-mathematician

by Vanessa Heggie

Brief history of the BMI


Your brain doesn't contain memories. It IS memories.

by Nick Stockton

“there’s evidence of memory-making throughout the tree of life, even in creatures with no nervous system—scientists have trained bacteria to anticipate a flash of a light”


Take the Cake: Why Fat Liberation Isn’t About Whether Fat People Are Healthy

by Virgie Tovar

“health is a bootstrapping language that seeks to render a cultural problem into an individual problem.”


Other Adults, It’s Time To Stop Policing How Kids Eat

by David Minerva Clover

“please, let’s cut the nonsense and just let children eat.”


Gabourey Sidibe Speaks Out About Size Discrimination at Curvy Con During New York Fashion Week

by Shammara Lawrence

“Even though we are moving towards more visibility for plus-size people, there is a lot [of] pushback. So it’s important to keep fighting [and] to keep being visible until the conversation changes and [it] is no longer about our bodies because I’m not my body. I’m a whole person”


Rihanna's NYFW show celebrates diversity with pregnant and plus-size models

by Maria Claire Dorking

“The inclusive show... featured a diverse collection of models and dancers of all races, body sizes and in the mix were two pregnant models rocking the runway with their baby bumps.”


Research &

Clinical Practice

Surveillance of global physical activity: progress, evidence, and future directions

by Ding Ding

"The prevalence of physical activity has changed little over time, with a substantial gender gap (women are less active than men) in most countries.”

Ding, Ding. "Surveillance of global physical activity: progress, evidence, and future directions." The Lancet Global Health (2018).


Patients pay attention when prescribed physical exercise

by Jocelyn Wright

“Those who received advice from their GP about exercise were more likely to recognise the importance of it and to increase their activity as a result”


Satiation, satiety and their effects on eating behaviour

by Bridget Benelam

Interesting piece detailing the factors that influence satiation and satiety. Sections 1-5 are particularly good, before it descends into ‘lets use this knowledge to shrink larger bodies’ territory. The conclusion is garbage as usual.

Benelam, Bridget. "Satiation, satiety and their effects on eating behaviour." Nutrition Bulletin 34.2 (2009): 126-173.


Soapbox & Shareables

If you’re reluctant to post in #HAES professionals groups for fear of receiving negative feedback it’s a good sign that you may have some knowledge gaps, and probably some work to do interrogating your own weight-related baggage. Just like in other areas of dietetics/health professional practice, learning by osmosis is less effective than learning the theoretical frameworks, evidence base and having structured skill building support. If you’ve got a lived experience of weight stigma, history of failed weight loss dieting and/or an eating disorder, and rage about weight discrimination then you’re likely to pick it up more readily.


Many groups are great, but many others have tired of the newbie factor- this is typical in ALL social justice movements- it’s a normal part of the growth of these movements because of the huge learning curve that involves challenging our social conditioning - but what it feels like to newbies is that ‘we eat our young’. I’ve been in enough of these groups for long enough to realize that this discomfort is actually a necessary part of your growth. Lean in, be brave, feel yucky, have a cry, take it to supervision, get through it and remember your experience of it when you’re watching others have their moment of reckoning.


Lastly, if you have chosen to support intentional weight loss in your practice, please remember to screen your clients for disordered eating, body dissatisfaction and previous weight loss attempts. These clients are the least likely to maintain weight losses and most likely to experience worsened mental health in the long term. The evidence is clear on this. Please refer them to a HAES professional.


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